Bienstock Shares Insight for Bankrate.com Article
Oct 19, 2023
Labor and business law expert Joshua Bienstock, J.D., is quoted in a Bankrate.com article about hush trips, where remote employees work from a vacation destination without revealing their true whereabouts to their boss. Bienstock, who serves as an associate professor in the School of Management and is a practicing employment and labor attorney, says that while he disagrees with the lack of honesty in this approach, he understands why hush trips have become more common.
“Employees are stressed out in a 24/7 world,” he explains. “As more workplaces recognize the utility of remote work, many employees can do their work in any place. So, the thinking seems to be, ‘Why not combine my work and vacation by taking a hush trip?’”
ETIC Director Featured in Tech Startup Coverage
Oct 16, 2023
Newsday featured insight from Michael Nizich, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), in an article about the fundraising challenges that local tech startups face. The article centered around funding awarded by the nonprofit Accelerate Long Island, which will be awarded to entrepreneurs through New York State’s Innovation Hot Spot program. Grants will help local startups defray the cost of professional services such as legal, accounting, human resources, and marketing. Nizich, who has worked with many entrepreneurs at the ETIC, noted that networking and guidance provided by several groups, including Accelerate and the Business Incubator Association of New York State, enable early-stage entrepreneurs to succeed in an environment where these costs can seem out of reach. Similar coverage appeared in the Long Island Press.
Newsday Examines Local College Enrollment
Oct 14, 2023
In an article examining post-pandemic enrollment trends at colleges on Long Island and beyond, Newsday reported that New York Tech’s higher fall 2023 enrollment was driven in part by more accepted students choosing to enroll, according to Vice President for Enrollment Management Joseph Posillico, Ed.D. “Strategically, we are close to reaching capacity and have done so in some programs. We are evaluating options to expand space and provide other opportunities for further growth," he said. Newsday also referenced that the university will offer students housing in a new dorm in Jericho next year.
Bono Lends Medical Insight for LI Herald Article
Oct 13, 2023
Nancy Bono, D.O., chair of family medicine at NYITCOM, is quoted in an LI Herald article about proposed New York State legislation that aims to limit children’s exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke. Bono explains that there has not been enough research into the long-term and secondhand effects of marijuana smoke to say for sure whether exposure has any significant impact. The lack of research is attributable to many factors, including patient hesitancy to admit to doctors that they smoke, and marijuana’s federal classification as a Schedule 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act — the same classification as heroin and methamphetamine.
“It doesn’t make a difference whether it’s vaping or whether it’s cigarette smoke or marijuana, smoke in your lungs is bad for you,” Bono says. “But in terms of secondhand smoke, we don’t have much of a [research] registry.”
Afxentiou Quoted in WalletHub
Oct 11, 2023
Diamando Afxentiou, Ph.D., professor in the School of Management, is quoted in a WalletHub article about store credit cards. Regarding whether consumers should apply for a credit card in a store, Afxentiou says, “It is always wiser not to operate on impulse. You should review the terms and conditions before signing. Store credit cards tend to have higher interest rates.”
As Seen on News12: Jarkon Discusses Psychological Impact of Israel-Palestine Conflict
Oct 10, 2023
In the wake of the attacks in Israel and the Gaza Strip, psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, was featured in a News12 segment about safeguarding children's mental health. Jarkon urged parents to be wary of what their children see on television and in social media, noting that exposure to disaster news coverage is known to trigger post-traumatic stress in children thousands of miles away. She advised parents to keep explanations simple and reassure children that they are safe and that the war is not happening in their backyard.
“There’s absolutely no reason for them to be exposed to that. As a parent, take precautions, remove the phone, remove the apps, and explain to them in a language they would understand based on their age what’s going on – that there are countries at war, bad things happen, but we’re okay right now, that’s all they need to know,” she says.
Letsou Quoted in DNA Mutation Story
Sep 29, 2023
William Letsou, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological and chemical sciences, lent his expertise to an AI Business article about the use of Google's DeepMind AI tool to detect mutations in human DNA. Letsou, a computational biologist who conducts breast cancer mutation research, noted the tool's potential to accelerate research in this area by improving experimental efficiencies.
“The DeepMind tool assesses how changes at each missense variant of every human protein affect protein structure, saving immense experimental effort,” he said. “The alternative to DeepMind's variant pathogenicity tool is to generate and crystallize each variant of a protein and look for gross structural alterations. Not only is the experimental work costly and time-consuming, but there are thousands of potential variants to try for each protein.”
Similar coverage also appeared in IoT World Today.
Hometown News Outlets Cover Student Achievements
Sep 26, 2023
Hyperlocal media outlets, including Parsippany Focus, Reading Eagle, and The Evening Times highlighted spring 2023 graduates; Huntington Now and other hometown media outlets publicized local students who completed the Internship Certificate Program during summer 2023.
Jarkon Appears in News 12 Suicide Prevention Series
Sep 26, 2023
Throughout the month of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, appeared in multiple News 12 segments to raise awareness for this serious issue. In separate interviews that aired on September 26, 13, and 7, Jarkon discussed suicide risk factors, treatment, and the need to break the stigma around mental health struggles.
Rajnarayanan Quoted in COVID-19 Coverage
Sep 25, 2023
Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., assistant dean of research and associate professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, was quoted in several COVID-19 articles in September. As seen in Verywell Health, Fortune, and other outlets, Rajnarayanan, who maintains a coronavirus variant tracker, shared insight on the latest COVID-19 variant to emerge, the highly mutated BA.2.86. He told Verywell Health, “Even with a lot of mutations, there are a lot of spots in the virus that can be recognized by our immune system, and there are many shared mutations as well. There will be some protection from the new vaccine booster, as well as prior infections.”